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Söfft 'Fiorella' Pump, Dark Purple suede. Also available in grey (and black. Which you do not need).

This year, my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale trip was minimalist.  In the past I went in with the attitude of, “that’s a great price, I’ll take it.” Sometimes this veers into a “I’m sure I’ll find a use for it, at that price”  attitude.  These days I’m economizing, set a strict budget, and only wanted purchases that I couldn’t live without.  It helps me to approach a sale with the test: “I love it so much I’d pay twice that.”  I can make do with what I have as far as pants, suits and extra thingies (bras, scarfs, necklaces).  So I was only considering wardrobe-transforming pieces: shoes, maybe a blouse.

I bought three things.  First, Sofft suede pumps (above).  These are so killer comfortable, it’s almost funny. The lady next to me was buying the “Reva” snakeskin-print zippered cage shoe  and practically yelling, “It’s that old lady brand! They are so comfortable! Buy these!” If you wear a lot of heels, or (even more importantly) don’t wear heels because because you think they’re always painful —  Please go try some of this brand.  The heels are not-too-high, but sculpted with angles and curves that make them not-too-clunky.

Franco Sarto 'Stage' Bootie, Smoke-colored Calfskin

I also liked these Franco Sarto booties. Usually I hate heeled booties. I think they look fine under pants, but on their own they have that creepy “WTF high-heeled ankle-less boot/shoe?” vibe. There’s a wrongness about them.  I don’t know if I’ll keep these — I need to try them on with my pants and see how wearable they are.  The heel is 3 1/4, which makes a 9-hour workday feel pretty long. But the smoke color is killer and if they work, they would be a major wardrobe upgrade to all my fall/winter pant looks. 

 

Burberry Taffeta Down Puffer Coat

I spent quite a bit of time with Classiques Entier Tops, I often find really pretty, flattering tops that go well with any a suit and also work well dressing up jeans or cords.  I didn’t see much I liked that was on sale: a pretty print in a very difficult shade of green was discounted, but much of the purple line was not.  Um, no thanks guys.  I can’t do mandarin collar or that faux-tux-front look at all, which ruled out a bunch.  (Although now I’m looking at the website and see a lot of stuff I missed — maybe Tacoma had a scant selection? ) I tried on a puffy cashmere boatneck sweater that was super cozy but made me look like a purple cashmere boat. But the Classiques Atelier line has totally different stuff online than in the store, so I can’t show you a picture. I ended up with one top (picture coming soon).

What I didn’t buy: No pants, no leather jackets, no skinny jeans, no batwing tunics.  Some jackets were cute, but I’m not in the mood — Seriously I have enough jackets.  In a more flush mood I might have considered this plaid Burberry jacket, which I think is hellishly cute.  But I have a very similar coat in brown that is four years old and doing just fine.   No real incentive to buy the Burberry.

There were a ton of gorgeous boots — Mostly tall ones; very, very few short “Little Black Boot” types.  I will post the Julie and Jennie report soon and we can talk about what a person wears the boots with (skinny jeans? Does that require tunics? Can you just tuck regular jeans into the boots?)  I might go back and see how I feel on a different day (I need to take my kid to get the right size shoes — this is the only time we buy Geox for boys).  For now, I’m happy with the minimalist thing.  Anyone else?

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Eddie Bauer embroidered tank with elastic empire waist, $19.99

Okay not literally broke.* But after the holidays, nothing fits. I don’t like my clothes and I refuse to dig myself out of this hole by shopping; I’m on “max conserve” (tm Terri’s Dad). Max conserve means, when I ask myself “hmm should I buy this?” the answer is always, “no.” No shoppy.

So I’m “shopping my closet” to put good outfits together. Not easy when I also need to winterize (and waterproof) a wardrobe I bought in the summer.  But I refuse to give up and wear pajamas to the Costco. Even during the “dead week” between Christmas and New Years (when we all pretend we’re “hanging at home,” but really we’re all at Costco, and apparently it’s America’s Great Past-time to observe this paradox by wearing pajamas to the store).  I am not giving up.

Where this leaves me: Instead of daydreaming about purchases, I’m forced to reckon with all the clothes I bought in 2009.   Some pieces I am SO grateful to have.   Others, I can’t look at without cringing. The money I flushed down the drain by making bad purchases! Yuck.  

So for blog edification, here are the best and worst of 2009: 

two fabulous geniuses.  Geniusi? Genii?

Rocking the Look. Me in raspberry cardigan sweater with metal necklace and denim skirt. J with similar outfit concept but awesomely hipped-up (or maybe I'm hipped-down?)

 
So happy I found you . . . Best Purchases of 2009:  

1. Costco camisoles in fresh colors. My favorite is a color I call “Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Glove Green.”  Green is way out of my comfort zone, but it is so cool and current.  Camis are sure to add texture and depth, smooth me out and bring it all together, and ensure that no one sees down my shirt.  

2. Funky metal necklaces. Necklaces are an instant upgrade, no matter the weather.  Metal goes with any color and any style. Yay necklaces!  

3. Raspberry-red cardigan with ribbon tie. This is a beautiful color and works with jeans, skirts or suit separates. Nordstrom Point of View FTW.  

4. Eddie Bauer embroidered cotton tops. Deep colors, quality detail, flattering fit. I’m wearing these under sweaters instead of tee-shirts. I love how they hang nicely with less cling than knits. And they don’t need to be ironed (okay, ironing would help, but I don’t mind the crinkly look).  

5. Cole Haan Carma Tortoiseshell open-toe pumps. I will not say I’d marry these shoes.  But if they needed me to quit my job and move across the country for them? I’d consider it. On cold (dry) winter days, they are awesome with black tights.  

What I regret buying. . . Worst Mistakes of 2009:  

2010: No Target! No Juniors Department! No impulse buys!

1. Cheap Cotton Target Skirt.
I knew this was a mistake when I bought it. Didn’t we all?  

2. Awful Fred Meyer “Scribbles of Fug” Print Dress.I humbled myself to admit I bought this in the panic of our big heatwave. I was able to return it (without the receipt even), so it wasn’t a total bomb. Let us not forget: Bad color, unflattering print.  And no DROP WAIST on any fruits with heaviness in the middle or hip. Honestly, Robin.  

3. Pink patent leather open-toe espadrilles, 4″ heels. These pushed me out of my comfort zone in too many directions at once. Too high, too flashy, too trendy, too uncomfortable. . . As a rule, I will be open minded about a cute shoe with one of these issues, but this was too many. Didn’t wear them.  

4. Ann Taylor Loft spaghetti-strap knit dress. Even over a swimsuit, the s-straps don’t work. Maybe a teenager could do it with a strapless suit (??) or braless, but why would a teenager be shopping at ATL? Grown women need support. Speaking of support:  

5. Bras without trying them on. No, you don’t get a photo. Don’t do this, dudes.  I tried to regift.  I know.

So here’s to a great 2009 of searching for our style, and here’s to a fabulous 2010. Whether your challege (we all have them) is body type, budget or your attitude (you know who you are), we will all figure it out and all look great together.  Don’t give up! And I won’t either. 

 

*You know you complain too much about money if your five-your-old offers you his tooth fairy quarters “to share with Mommy, next time she says something is too expensive!”

Also he thinks hot dogs come from the “meat of a dog’s tail, when you cut it off and cook it until it’s rubber.”

Aren’t kids cute?

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Nordstroms hoes

If there were only two Charlies Angels and they just shopped instead of kicking ass

What can Nordstrom do for you?

I’m a little burnt out from baring the raw core of my soul about what Bella wears in Twilight. But, I must post to remind everyone that the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Women’s and Children’s Sale starts today.

This happens twice a year.  Go tonight! I’m serious. It’s a clearance, so everything sells out quick.

It’s a good time to shop for:

-Gorgeous handbag in a beautiful rich color
-Fall boots
-Stylish hooded coats
-Colored and patterned tights
-Pretty cardigans
-Bra and panty sets
-Kids stuff (girls department usually has Pumpkin Patch and Tea brands on sale, and Geox shoes are a big discount too).

$30 worth of faux red snakes gave their lives for this purse

Wait, I don't need a new fall bag. I just bought this: $30, Relic

If you think Nordstrom doesn’t have what you need, study up first and then go:

Nordstrom Department Overview
Jennie’s NAS Field Report

Robin buys that raspberry-colored cardigan she wears all the time

Robin and Aki try on Nordstrom dresses(also Anthropologie)

Most importantly, I am going to skip the Half-yearly Sale this year so SOMEBODY else needs to go and write about it.  I am burnt out dudes, my baby is refusing to fall asleep until 10 pm and we’re trying to save up money for a trip to California.

And I might — just might — have all the clothes I need for now.

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Classiques Entier ruched mesh top. Great under-bust seams. Mine is a purple and black watercolor print.

Classiques Entier ruched mesh top. Great under-bust seams. Mine is a purple and black watercolor print.

It’s still summer, but today is a rainy August Tuesday and it feels like fall.  If you live in Homer, Alaska, like my sister, it IS fall. They are even back to school already (don’t feel too sorry for her! They end in May. Like the Semester System! Which I have never been on).

In honor of proto-Fall, I busted out my school clothes today, scored on my fantastic Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Trip.  If you are still not sold on Nordstrom, my summaries are here  and here.  The clothes I really like for “chic business casual” are in the Individualist department.  Here’s what Nordstrom says about it:

 Classiques Entier® offers sophisticated designs and well-constructed essentials in luxurious European fabrics. The collection features versatile styles and current trends interpreted for the workplace. The effect is confident, stylish and feminine—with a touch of glamour.

 And also this:

Classiques Entier Atelier provides polished, feminine suiting and elegant separates to build a timeless wardrobe. Expertly crafted from European fabrics, the collection offers essential items as well as luxurious pieces to create standout looks.

 That sounds pretty pretentious but I get it.

I have this in brown and it’s my favorite top! Look, I found it in blue.  Bad news: someone put my brown one in the dryer. EEEK. It might have been me.  It kind of shrunk and I kind of cried, and my 4-and-a-half year old son (who cheers me up from crying FAR too often) tried to reassure me by saying “You can buy a new one, Mommy!” I don’t know.

I have this in brown and it’s my favorite top! Look, I found it in blue. Bad news: someone put my brown one in the dryer. EEEK. It might have been me. It kind of shrunk and I kind of cried, and my 4-and-a-half year old son (who cheers me up from crying FAR too often) tried to reassure me by saying “You can buy a new one, Mommy!” I don’t know.

Shard print belted silk dress, long cardigan, tights, open toe boots. Hmm.

Classiques Entier feature outfit: "Shard" print belted silk dress, long cardigan, tights, open toe boots. Hmm.

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Nordstrom FAQ

I flirt with Jennies coat, but dont take it home.

I flirt with Jennie's coat, but don't take it home.

TGIM! Don’t miss our excellent weekend posts by Deathmama on her latest thrift adventure and from Guest Author Meg on her  Cowgirl Shopping Venture .  Some comments raised some Nordstrom questions so here is more Nordstrom FAQ.

Point of View: Start here if you’re new.  It’s “round the Clock” and “accessible.” This means lower prices (comparable to Macy’s) and more conservative (Meaning, not crazy risk-taking fashion. Not meaning Barbara Bush).  Semantiks is their careerwear brand and Caslon is the casual wear. Great casual and business casual options, good mid-price ($50-$110) jeans.  Many items come in a variety of colors, all of similar palettes so pretty much everything can be mix-and-matched.   Lots of cute cardigans and yes, some hoodies.

Individualist: “Career and Casual Fashion with contemporary appeal.” This is the upper price point department, where they sell Nordstrom Classiques Entier, the other house brand.  Their clothes include suits with a more current design (my coworkers call them “WOW! Cute! Suit!”) Fashion-forward prints, more silk, nicer fiber blends and finer tailoring.

Savvy:  “The hottest names and hottest trends when they happen.” When I was a teenager, I asked the Brass Plum salesgirl where she got her cute skirt, and she said “I got it at SAVVY.  SAVVY clothes stay in style for a long time, because they are ahead when you buy them.”  Since then I’ve been fascinated with Savvy but a little intimidated.  Now I try to visit it every time I go, not to buy but to reflect Whats In, try it on and think honestly about it — kind of like I do with Vogue.


t.b.d. is designer denim and its accoutrement, like expensive t-shirts with dragons on them. Also, leather.

Narrative: “Effortless” and “work, play, evening, day.” Also: “roomier.” I never find much to like there and I suspect it’s for older women, or maybe Kindergarden teachers. You Look Fab suggests always cruising through for sale items, but I don’t have the patience.

Encore is Sized 14-24; Petite Focus is for people under 5’4, or those of us with short legs who are lazy with hemming.

BP is for Brass Plum, which is for teenagers. My opinions on shopping in the Juniors department are here. Yes, I still like their stuff; No, I do not judge or hate anyone for shopping there, especially if you know what you want (a favorite cut of cheap t-shirt, E) and reliably find it there.  For me it’s easier to rule it all out.  P.S. The teen boys used to be Brass Rail  — remember how The Bon Marche had the Tiger Shop? Bonus Question: What was the Bon’s junior’s department called?)

happy place. Ruby & Bloom suede mocs in plum

Happy Place. Ruby & Bloom plum-colored suede flats with rosette detail

Couture, Via C (new designers) Studio 121 (old rich lady:  “luxe”) and St. John (Sarah Palin suits) don’t really fit my lifestyle much, but can be fun to check out.

Don’t forget Lingerie, they carry Betsey Johnson and a few other brands that are hard to find locally, and their sale racks are full of discounted Wacoal (a favorite of both your blog hostesses). 

Women’s Shoes.  This is where you all should shop for shoes, period*. 

I want sum up by saying “I’m not some kind of Nordstrom DIVA,” but I remebered I’ve decided to be “unapologetic” about it.  I know my loyaly is a hometown thing, since Nordstrom is local.  But I have lived in the Real Big City and I can tell you that yes, Nordstrom rates with Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Saks.  Nordstrom has premium service, including an unbeatable return policy.  If your feet are two different sizes, Nordstrom will split a pair of shoes for you without charge. Yes, this is built into the pricing, so you pay; and there aren’t the bargain-basement styles sales you get at a place like Macy’s.  But good sales do happen, and the clearance racks are well-stocked.

Three shoes I liked, but they didn't have my size in the color I wanted. They offerred to call around to other stores until they found the ones at another store and send them to me at my house for no charge.

Three shoes I liked, but they didn't have my size in the color I wanted. They offerred to call around to other stores until they found the ones at another store and send them to me at my house for no charge.

If you haven’t been shopping for awhile, I really do recommend Nordstrom. It’s so nice to be in a well-vacuumed dressing room and have some experienced help. They understand about building loyal clientele and will not hate you if you don’t buy anything. In fact, they will happily hold something for you for a few hours while you go look around the mall.  I do do this when I’m tempted to buy something out of guilt — go take a break. If you change your mind once you leave the store, they’ll just wait a few hours and then put the item back on the floor.

I’d love it if everyone went to to Nordstrom and came back to report. Preferably with photos! 

 *I know, this kind of mandate has distasteful socioeconomic and cultural implications. I think sacrificed that conscientiousness when I first presumed to give fashion advice.  Anyway, go shop for shoes there, and then come back and tell me I’m wrong.

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Flagship Nordstrom, downtown Seattle. Seriously, there is no place like this place, anywhere.

Flagship Nordstrom, downtown Seattle: No place like it on earth. Raise your hand if you remember it as Frederick & Nelson’s!

Q: What could a fashion blogger possibly enjoy more than an afternoon of shopping alone at Nordstrom?

A: An afternoon of shopping with a friend.

Friends humor you when you keep saying, “I don’t understand why this is too small! The tag SAYS it is my size!”

Friends

Why can't I breathe? This says it should fit me. Ahem.

Friends understand if you don’t really need to buy anything today. Except a dress in case you decide to start going to the opera.

Dresses?

Aki in burgundy Asymmetrical Jersey Dress, Raisa in gray and taupe print pleated stretch jersey, both by Adrianna Papell

Calvin Klein Square-neck Satin Sheath in Sapphire

Calvin Klein Square-neck Satin Sheath in Sapphire

Friends nicely suggest you turn around for the picture because the back view doesn’t look as bad. We all know it doesn’t fit and I’ll never buy it so this is just for educational purposes.

BCBGMaxAzria plunging tight ruched thingy
Purple one

Purple color was even more stunning in person.

Aki on left in Calvin Klein; Robin on right in Donna Ricci (Yes I bought it . . . now we have to go to the opera, honey!)

Aki on left in Calvin Klein; Robin on right in Donna Ricco (Yes I bought it . . . Opera tickets!)

We agree we would be a perfect pair of bridesmaids, if only we had mutual single friends get married sometime soon. Any ideas?

Bridesmaids for hire!

Bridesmaids for hire!

The salesgirl had to help us because this had such funky weird ties we couldn’t figure it out. Then she said, “sometimes even petite women buy the Regular size for extra length” and, “that would also look great with a skinny jean!” This is a polite way of saying “your ass is hanging out.”

BCBGMaxAzria geometric poppy wrap matte jersey dress

BCBGMaxAzria geometric poppy wrap matte jersey dress

I loved this. The “robot” dress. I think Aki is adorable in a sassy little knee-length boatneck. She doesn’t like how this shoulder/sleeve combo emphasizes her shoulders:

BCBGMaxAzria geometric poppy wrap matte jersey dress

BCBGMaxAzria geometric empire waist

Sometimes things are so cute on the hanger, and just don’t fit, so you have to let them go.

Cute pink plaid, fit so sad.

Cute pink plaid, fit so sad.

I try on Jennie’s jacket, which apparently I think is hilarious so I laugh like a dork which absolutely defeats any chance I have a pulling it off.

Looks great on Jennie! Not me so much.
Looks great on Jennie! Not me so much.

Aki is tempted to reconsider her “no collars! No buttons!” rule. Because this is super cute, and super YOU.

Super-cute camo blouse
Super-cute camo blouse

This might be for a Fantasy Fabulous Day where we wear whatever amazing things we want. But also pictured here as inspiration for JvA’s backsplash design:

Via C glitter skirt. Attn JvA re backsplash!

Via C glitter skirt. Attn JvA re backsplash!

I bought one of the purple dresses and returned my NAS over-purchases. I decided I didn’t the Mom sweater, a top that I got in multiple colors that I’m less excited about now, and a halter dress for Baby C that was way too Hannah Montana for a 2 year old.

We went to Anthropologie and apply ourselves to finding non-hoodie cardigans. Aki starts to like the micro-fine gauge knit sweaters. Some are pretty cool. Some are so cool we can’t figure out how to put them on or whether to tie them. Anthropologie is like that, isn’t it.

Anthrpologie

Thinking about cardigans

Anthrpologie

Sassy or sad?

Some are almost cool, or maybe we are getting confused and can’t tell.

Anthrpologie

Beautiful ruffled berry color: Too fancy? Gray belted pleat cardigan: Too bathrobey?

Loved this, absolutely bewitching print and color. But slightly weird short sleeves and too stocky in the torso. Beautiful, but for $168 I require perfection.

Anthrpologie

Almost perfect peacock feather sweater

Good reason not to shop alone! Hey I look fantastic . . . !

Anthrpologie

Fantastic!

“hmmm, Robin, do you want to check out the side view? No really, look at this picture I just took.” Oops, clingy fabric = bad bulge bra strap action. Sad!

Anthrpologie

Not!

Then I bought this, because it was pretty and comfy and I wanted an Anthropologie trophy. I also wanted something chic to wear to my friend’s art opening that evening. It turned out to look great with jeans.  Then halfway through the evening, I realized I had it on backwards.   It actually looked fine backwards, except you could kind of see the tag and also I told everyone “OMG this is BACKWARDS” which ruined the potential creative fashion moment of “I’m too sexy for my shirt [to face forward].”

Anthrpologie

Gray Allete tee from Ogle

As a grande finale, we ran through BCBGMaxAzria in Pacific Place on the way back to our cars. I found this for 70% off. . . same print as the robot dress!

Anthrpologie

BCBG "Robot," 40% off

Other Why Get Dressed Board of Directors meeting notes include:

  • Walking in different heel heights
  • Whether people with “high taste levels” (picky) end up looking better for it, or not
  • How we gravitate toward weirdo friends and if so whether that means we are weirdos. No, we’re not talking about any of you
  • Whether our single friends should all just marry each other.

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts on these and other exciting topics! Be sure to swing by and comment on what you see.  Otherwise we can’t ever know how other people perceive us.

 

Anthrpologie
Looking for a hand-painted dog statue? Watch for this to go on sale! Right now it’s $890.
Aki shopping outfit

Black wrap top, coral knit tube top, designer denim

Robin shopping outfit

Cashmere hoodie, plaid cotton skirt, suede flats

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Left, New Tacoma Mall Nordstrom; Right, Empty dinosaur of old Nordstrom.

After weeks of yammering about it and listening to other people’s shopping stories, today was my day to hit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I almost skipped it. The nearest Nstrom is 30 miles and 30 minutes (on a good Freeway day) from my house, and life is busy. But I convinced myself it was worth the trip to get an entire fall/winter wardrobe at 50% off. I wear “work clothes” 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year — having clothes that fit and keep me comfortable is usually what gets me out of bed in the morning. And wearing pretty clothes that I love is one of my big motivators for going to work in the first place.

It’s a hot July day, so most of Western Washington was outdoors enjoying summer paradise like a sane person and not shopping for fall clothes. So I got a good parking space, plenty of empty dressing rooms, and lots of personal attention. And air conditioning, yay.

I stopped at the Toddler Girls’ section on my way in. I found Baby C a winter coat, winter sweatshirt, and a few long-sleeve T’s at 30-50% off; The kids section has Columbia sportswear, Tea, Pumpkin Patch, and what might be Juicy Baby but I don’t even want to know. They carry a brand called Twirls & Twigs that I haven’t seen before which are bamboo fiber and recycled fabric originals. I will post pictures soon, this stuff is worth finding (on sale).

I pulled a few kids’ clothes, had them held to think about later, and headed upstairs. All women’s departments are on the second floor in Tacoma now. I let someone “start a room” for me, and spent at least 45 minutes going through nearly every rack of clothing on the floor (some had Anniversary Sale items but were unmarked!) I skipped Narrative, Petite Focus, St. John, coats, and a few other specialty sections. In addition to the standard Workwear stuff (trousers, blouses, dresses) I decided to try on jeans, a pair of beautiful Hunter Green cords (Fall’s new neutral!) and a mess of Cute Tops. There were a few leather jackets mixed with the jeans and I decided to try those on even though I haven’t worn a leather jacket since I moved to Chicago in 1997. I chose a few bras on sale to try them on under the other stuff. We packed the room with probably 40-50 items, and then it was time to try on and see what works

I tend to over-purchase in situations like this. I tried to be as critical as possible about the clothes. When I start rationalizing, like “this wouldn’t be too bad in a pinch,” I forced myself to ask, “If I bought this now, would I look forward to wearing it on Monday? ” Or the first Monday it’s below 70 degrees, anyway. Sale prices distort my decision-making so I try not to look at them until the end. “That’s worth buying for $29” is a big no-no – so I have a “half-again” rule: Would it be worth buying for $45?

This will work

Classiques Entire wrap top with side-ruching; Semantiks tweedy trousers. All pants are too long for me.

I love the Semantiks pants at Point of View (I bought a few pairs of these last year and wore them so much they are getting worn out). This year’s had big cuffs which don’t really work on the Queen of England, so when I get them hemmed I probably won’t keep the cuff. I tried a variety of tops with each pants, but since my idea is that absolutely everything matches absolutely everything else (pants are neutral, tops are print/colored), I didn’t worry too much about mix-and-match. I decided to photograph as I went. You’d think that with a three-way mirror, you get an honest perspective from all angles, but the camera added yet another dimension of honesty. Here I am (above) realizing that I forgot to lose 5 pounds. I have to either suck it in with the pantyline or go up a size (which would be too big in the wrong places and require alterations.) 

Classiques Entier Silk/cotton/cashmere cowl-neck sweater, Semantiks trousers

Classiques Entier Silk/cotton/cashmere cowl-neck sweater, Semantiks trousers

The Classiques Entier tops were a thrill — perfect fit and great price. I got multiple colors because these things are going to rock in the winter, under suits or cardigans (but will still look cute on their own).

I tried on a cute BCBG Maz Azria wrap top with a kind of crazy print. The wrap style is really working on me, but the waist tie was too fussy. Ultimately this one didn’t make the cut — I had too many things I liked better to fit into the budget.

BCBG Wrap top wit interesting print. I liked it, but it didn’t make the cut due to budget considerations

BCBG Wrap top with interesting print. I liked it, but it didn't make the cut due to budget considerations

Time for the Cute Little Print tops. I love a bright print top with an otherwise conservative outfit (like a suit), so I wanted to find a few. Point of View has a whole mess of these on sale, organized by size. A lot of these are Sweet Pea brand. The prices are competitive but they are a meshy nylon with raw edges and the fit is really iffy and they can scratch, too. I tried a bunch on, trying to focus on shape more than print.
Prints. Don’t think too hard about prints. Just keep going.
Point of View nylon tops. Don’t think too hard about prints . . . just keep going.

I’ve been thinking that the fabric print is like the melody of a song: It’s what we notice on the surface, it might be what we call the song (“the one that goes la la la? You know the purple one with the orange flowers?”) But the cut and shape of a garment are the rhythm. They are the structure and foundation. They will make or break it. You can like the print or dislike it, but if the cut is wrong you’re just toodling along. For this reason I tried on as many different styles as I could, and decided to sort by print later. The results:

Cute, love the ruffles and buttons, but shiny and weirdly baggy

Cute, love the ruffles and buttons, but shiny and weirdly baggy

Cut not going to make up for print on this one

Cut not going to make up for print on this one

I had a point here: I think cap sleeves work here, good bust ruching. Too much going on (those are raw-edged ruffles) and the peach/charcoal colors are too weird for me

I had a point here: I think cap sleeves work here, good bust ruching. Too much going on (those are raw-edged ruffles) and the peach/charcoal colors are too weird for me

Photo taken for the good of the blog-reading public: What happens when you DONT dress a lemon right

Photo taken for the good of the blog-reading public: What happens when you DON'T dress a lemon right

Ah. Feels so nice to cover the tum in some drapey, lettuce-edged layers. Wait, am I wearing green?

Ah. Feels so nice to cover the tum in some drapy, lettuce-edged layers. Wait, am I wearing green?

This was in the maybe pile for a long time. Now I’m wondering why. Beautiful color and thats my cut, but the knit is a big old Tummy Fail

Semantiks Sweater: I held this in the "maybe" pile for a long time. Now I'm wondering why – it’s clearly a No. Beautiful color and that's my cut, but the knit is a big old Tummy Fail

Time for the leather jacket . . .

Stretch beyond my comfort zone with biker chic; Stretching leather beyond its comfort zone smushing the boobs down

Stretch beyond my comfort zone with biker chic; Stretching leather beyond its comfort zone smushing the boobs down

And then quickly panicked and went back to my comfort zone: cardigans . . .

Black leather no, brown cable hoodie sweater yes. Comfort zone, whew!

Black leather no, brown cable hoodie sweater yes. Comfort zone, whew!

And its practical! If I dont mind the Franciscan brother look

And it's practical! If I don't mind the Franciscan brother look

Liked the detail on this cardigan but it didn’t totally work. For the record this is the best my hair has ever looked in my life.

Liked the detail on this cardigan but it didn't totally work. For the record this is the best my hair has ever looked in my life.

Raspberry crochet cardigan with black ribbon tie -- Smile! You love this one!

Raspberry crochet cardigan with black ribbon tie -- Smile! You love this one!

I loved this and I did buy it. Beautiful knit, interesting stripes, good back detail for a cardigan -- love sweaters like this sitting at my desk all winter, only problem is . . .

I loved this and I bought it. Beautiful knit, interesting stripes, good back detail for a cardigan -- love sweaters like this sitting at my desk all winter, only problem is . . .

. . . for a minute, I thought this was a picture of my Mom FOR REAL. This is a Mom sweater.  A good thing if it means Im 6 taller but hmmm . . .

. . . This could be picture of my Mom. FOR REAL. I love my mom but this isn’t what I was going for. I think I might give this to my mom.

Dresses!

A NAS Featured Item: Blue Ponte knit. Really fascinating dress, doesnt quite work -- the cut fights me at too many places.

A NAS Featured Item: Blue Ponte knit. Really fascinating dress, doesn't quite work -- the cut fights me at too many places.

BCBG brown knit . . . didnt even need to try it on, I was so sure it would be perfect.  I bought it, but kind of wish it was a different color. This is my third brown work dress.

BCBG brown knit . . . didn't even need to try it on, I was so sure it would be perfect. I bought it, but kind of wish it was a different color. This is my third brown work dress.

Gray Calvin Klein. As you can see Im debating it.  The sleeves have sweet bows that I liked. It matches a suit jacket I have thats actually a different brand. For $80 I brought it home but I still might return it.

Gray Calvin Klein. As you can see I'm debating it. The sleeves have "sweet" bows that I liked. It matches a suit jacket I have that's actually a different brand. For $80 I brought it home but I still might return it.

I dont like this, I dont even want to like it.  This dress made me sad.

I don't like this, I don't even want to like it. This dress made me sad.

And some casual stuff . . .

These cords made me happy. Hunter green Christopher Blue Bootcuts, 45% OFF DUDES.

These cords made me happy. Hunter green Christopher Blue Bootcuts, 45% OFF DUDES.

Why I dont wear crewnecks.  Love this except the bust is going to fit even worse after that goes through the dryer.

Why I don't wear crewnecks. Love this except the bust is going to fit even worse after that goes through the dryer.

It took maybe an hour to get through it all, with the help of the saleswoman running back for other colors. I didn’t really need her to run back for other sizes, since I knew what would fit my shoulders in those brands, and everything else is cut.  If I go up a size to fit where it’s tight, it’s not going to work somewhere else., and I might as well just narrow it down.

I got rid of a lot of “No’s,” including a few things I didn’t get pictures of. I also found a perfect pair of jeans that I didn’t photograph at the time but stay tuned, I’ll be wearing those suckers all winter. I hauled everything out to be rung up, took the bras I liked over to Intimates to grab matching bottoms. I think I sorted out a few more things at the register because I knew I was going over budget. The air conditioning must have been getting to me. You know what I love? They have stools at the counter so you can sit down and drink the rest of your Diet Pepsi while they ring you up. They also helped me carry everything to the car.

Then it was to shoes. Long story short (too late!) I found the purple suede flats (pic below) which were an easy Yes. I liked a bunch of heels, they didn’t have any of the colors I liked in my size. They offered to order, but then I found The Boots. I’m falling asleep, my laptop broke and it’s 90 degrees in my house so I can’t post a picture right now . . . but let’s just say, the Cole Haan Air pumps that I love so much I married them and take pictures of them at every opportunity? These are those, but boots, stacked heel, Nappa leather, and Chocolate brown, but I swear it looks like a beautiful dark gray or maybe taupe.  Or maybe I’m just exhausted. Anyway these boots are my new boyfriend, and they demand that I’m monogamous (okay this metaphor isn’t working, but the point is $1 boots = $three shoes so I didn’t get other shoes).

Then I rushed out: Swung through Toddlers to sort and pay for the stuff I wanted for Baby C. Tried to look at handbags and hosiery but dude, if you are tired of reading this, believe me I was tired of doing it, so I gave up. I had no idea at that point whether I even needed a purse or not.

30 miles home – this time with bad traffic and lots of Cheezits. Got home, got approval from the Marital Community for the Baby C clothes, and started trying to model a few outfits before I gave up in the heat and went for my last Mike’s Hard Lemonade instead. Summary: Two trousers, two dresses, quite a few cute tops mostly long-sleeved. Three cardigans. 1 ea jeans and cords. No biker jacket; Amazing boots. Part of me feels like apologizing or explaining for buying so much stuff – but as I’ve said before, know what you can and will spend on clothes and it’s not about explaining why (to yourself or anyone else). We won’t see much of my new stuff during the summer, but come fall I will definitely have a closetfull of good stuff to get me out of bed on those cold dark mornings – and hopefully keep me out of the Target Women’s Department scrambling to put together outfits the minute the weather turns.

Either way, I’ll let you know.

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